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Big White COVID-19 outbreak now at 96

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December 22, 2020 - 2:22 PM

An additional 20 cases of COVID-19 have now been linked to the Big White Mountain community cluster, raising the total number of cases to 96.

Interior Health said in a press release distributed Dec. 22,  cases are related to COVID-19 transmission that occurred within group housing, social events and gatherings. Of the 96 known COVID-19 cases linked to this cluster, 69 reside on Big White Mountain. Sixty-four individuals have recovered and no one linked to this cluster is hospitalized.

“These new cases were expected, many of these new cases were on isolation already as they had shared their household with confirmed cases. What we hope to see in the days ahead is a reduction in the new cases which will show our case follow-up and the additional safety measures are working. I want to thank Big White leadership, local residents, staff, and guests for doing their part to limit further exposures”  Dr. Silvina Mema," medical health officer, said in the press release.

“We know that skiing and enjoying winter activities outdoors are important and we want this to be a great ski season. It is safe to enjoy the outdoors, and we ask that everyone follows all public health orders by staying to your local hill, skiing with your household bubble and following all safety protocols ski hills have in place.”

In collaboration with the Kootenay Boundary Regional District and community leadership, self-isolation housing on Big White Mountain has been established for people with COVID-19 to recover safely with support from Interior Health.

The risk remains low for families and individuals visiting Big White Mountain who follow public health guidance. In other words, it is safe to go to Big White when you stick to your immediate household bubble and avoid socializing and gathering, etc.

Interior Health is continuing outreach COVID-19 testing throughout the Big White community and environmental public health inspections.

Due to the statutory holidays, the next update on this outbreak will be Tuesday, Dec. 29.

To book a COVID-19 test go through the COVID-19 Test Booking Form here or call 1-877-740-7747 for assistance booking your test.


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